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Being alive : essays on movement, knowledge and description

Author: Tim Ingold
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2011.
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Du site de l'éditeur.: Anthropology is a disciplined inquiry into the conditions and potentials of human life. Generations of theorists, however, have expunged life from their accounts, treating it as the mere output of patterns, codes, structures or systems variously defined as genetic or cultural, natural or social. Building on his classic work The Perception of the Environment, Tim Ingold sets out to restore  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Ingold
ISBN: 9780415576833 0415576830
OCLC Number: 780246194
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 254-270.
Description: 1 v. (XVIII-270 p.) : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Anthropology comes to life --
I. Clearing the ground. Materials against materiality ; Culture on the ground : the world perceived through the feet ; Walking the plank : meditations on a process of skill --
II. The meshwork. Rethinking the animate, reanimating the thought ; Point, line, counterpoint : from environment to fluid space ; When ant meets spider : social theory for arthropods --
III. Earth and sky. The shape of the earth ; Earth, sky, wind and weather ; Landscape or weather-world? ; Four objections to the concept of soundscape --
IV. A storied world. Against space : place, movement, knowledge ; Stories against classification : transport, wayfaring and the integration of knowledge ; Naming as storytelling : speaking of animals among the Koyukon of Alaska --
V. Drawing making writing. Seven variations on the letter A ; Ways of mind-walking : reading, writing, painting ; The textility of making ; Drawing together : doing, observing, describing --
Anthropology is not ethnography.
Responsibility: Tim Ingold.
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Du site de l'éditeur.: Anthropology is a disciplined inquiry into the conditions and potentials of human life. Generations of theorists, however, have expunged life from their accounts, treating it as the mere output of patterns, codes, structures or systems variously defined as genetic or cultural, natural or social. Building on his classic work The Perception of the Environment, Tim Ingold sets out to restore life to where it should belong, at the heart of anthropological concern. Being Alive ranges over such themes as the vitality of materials, what it means to make things, the perception and formation of the ground, the mingling of earth and sky in the weather-world, the experiences of light, sound and feeling, the role of storytelling in the integration of knowledge, and the potential of drawing to unite observation and description. Our humanity, Ingold argues, does not come ready-made but is continually fashioned in our movements along ways of life. Starting from the idea of life as a process of wayfaring, Ingold presents a radically new understanding of movement, knowledge and description as dimensions not just of being in the world, but of being alive to what is going on there.

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